tv FOX and Friends FOX News September 11, 2013 3:00am-6:01am PDT
period. the concrete that -- this is the core behind me. the concrete is builtçó to withstand pressures up to 13,000ñr pounds per square inch. nothing like it has ever been used. >> that was wnyw reporting. the new world trade center is expected to open by the end of the year. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it is wednesday, september 11, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. thank you so much for sharing part of your day with us. fox news alert for you now. president obama laying out his case for a strike last night, but then called to postpone the vote. >> if we fail to act, the assad regime will see no reason to stopñr using chemical weapons. i therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. >>gretchen: so is that sending a mixed message to the rest of the world and quite frankly to america? >>steve: this morning we
remember those who lost their lives 12 years ago today. this as the families of the four americans killed in benghazi just one year ago today are still searching for answers. we're going to talk to an uncle in about five minutes. >>brian: so long weiner, goodbye spitzer. the disgracedñi politicians thank you, new york. but not before anthony weiner signed off inxd typical anthony weiner fashion. we'll show you. "fox & friends" starts right now. ♪ ♪ ñi >>gretchen: and you're looking now at a live look
at ground zero. it's been 12 years since terrorist attacks rocked this nation. in a few hours family and friends will gather in lower manhattan as they do every year, the pentagon and shanksville, pentagon to remember the 2,993 people who lost their lives. >>steve: six moments of silence will happen in new york city, the first happening at 8:46 this morning when the first plane hit the north tower. meanwhile at the pentagon, president obama will speak at a private observance for family members of the victims. >>brian: in shanksville, pennsylvania, a replaying ceremony will take place between 9:45 and 10:03, the time united airlines flight 93 crashed into a field there. >>steve: it is hard to believe that it was 12 years ago. down in lower manhattan, they have had such little progress over the last 12 years. this year we actually have some good progress. in fact, they are about two months away from opening four world trade, a 77-story building that is
going to house the port authority. it would be to the right of the picture you're looking at. >>brian: you can see the freedom tower whenever you are in the vicinity. the museum is going to open up shortly and they say it is going to be impactful as any in the country. it certainly is ambitious. >>gretchen: it seems like yesterday we were down there when the memorial itself opened. that was for the tenth anniversary. two years have passed. but for all those families, every day is a long day. to the rest of your headlines and we start with a developing story. one year to the day four americans were killed at the u.s. consolate in benghazi. we don't know yet what caused the blast. we know several people were slightly hurtñr but if the explosion happened one year later the street would have been crowded later. >> two years who were on duty when ariel castro are on leave. investigation is underway. last month castro was sentenced to life plus a
thousand years in prison for holding amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight captive for more than a decade. >> two democratic colorado state lawmakers recalled in an historic vote over gunçó control. a state senator and senate president both backed gun control measures in the aftermath of the shootings at the aurora movie theater and sandy hook. they supported limiting ammunition magazines. their bids skraurbd. apbgt -- squashed. anthony weiner and spitzer sent home last night. weiner came in fifth place in the primary forñi mayor. he wasn't too happy about losing. after his concession speech, he gave a local reporter the one-finger salute. >>steve: depends on which finger. did he go "we're number
one"? >>brian: i don't think so. he also want hitchhiking. you make the call at home and call us. i watched the president's speech, watched the replay, a lot of analysis and reports and i came to the conclusion, why did we have a presidential speech yesterday? >>gretchen: he was on the line to give one. >>brian: for what? ladies and gentlemen, stand and pause. >>gretchen: he was arguing for an endeavor he's abandoning and appealing for public support for action he's not going to take. >>steve: he asked the congress to vote on something and then yesterday said hold the vote. although he made it very clear yesterday, we've got to do something. he says the situation is awful. watch. >> if we fail to act, the assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. as the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them. over time our troops would again face the prospect of
chemical warfare on the battle field and it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and to use them to attack civilians. i have therefore asked the leader of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. >>steve: one of the real disconnects is the fact he made an effective case about how chemical weapons are different. then he talked about how there is a red line. and they crossed the red line, and we've got to do something. yet he's considering a diplomatic solution where mr. assad, who used these chemical weapons, crossed the red line, could remain in power. charles krauthammer said last night this was one of the oddest presidential speeches ever delivered. here is charles. >> that's what makes this one of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered. here's a president who urgingly addresses a nation on all channels to call for a pause, assuming that the nation does not -- call for a pause on something the
nation does not want to do in the first place. this is almost unbelievable. i think obama sees this as a way to negotiate, to pause, to draw it out and after a couple of weeks inspections, negotiations and there will not be a vote in congress, there will not be a strike and we will not have the removal of weapons out of syria. >>gretchen: i actually think this thing will go away. unfortunately it is kind of like the benghazi situation. if you keep saying the story is over, don't need to discuss it, then may be the story is over. i think syria is going to go back to in-fighting and the countries will fall off. >>brian: in benghazi, the president went to las vegas and never wanted to talk about it again. when mitt romney brought it up, he got blasted and refused to bring it up in final debate. this, the president made it front and center after the world demanded he say something -- or the country did. then he is the one who set this deadline and he is the one who promised military action and put the five
ships into the mediterranean with a war plan which was incredibly small. >>steve: unbelievable. >>brian: unbelievably small attack. we put the pause on that. he put it front and center. what is going to happen is france and britain have come forward and said i have a sense this is a ruse. they're going to go meet in geneva with the secretary of state with his counterpart in russia. france and england are saying this could potentially be a ruse. who is going to secure these weapons of mass destruction in the middle of a civil war? without a war the experts say is going to take seven years to get rid of them. >>steve: the other thing the president said last night -- all those points are accurate and true. the president said this particular involvement in syria would be unbelievably different than others. >> i will not put american boots on the ground in syria. i will not pursue an open-ended action like iraq or afghanistan. i will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like
libya or kosovo. this would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective. deterring the use of chemical weapons and degrading assad's capabilities. >>gretchen: i think the question for me this morning is would the united states have taken the russian offer so seriously a week before? and the answer is no. because a week ago the president was calling 100% for a strike on syria. and then things changed when he realized that the public sentiment was totally against him 80-20 and the sentiment was in congress he was going to get a vote of no. would he have taken russia seriously a week ago? no. that is why these other countries are not taking russia seriously right now. >>brian: that is a great point. you cannot say the threat of military action forced him to this point because the president went back to congress. everyone who can count to ten understands the president doesn't have the votes. we would be in a constitutional crisis and be in a deadlocked and be fractured if the president went ahead and attacked if
the congress was ready to hand him a no. not republicans. republicans and democrats. >>steve: we're in a weird limbo. rand paul refers to it as the goal currently being a stalemate. >> we're not going after assad. we're not going to destabilize. we have no plan for victory. in fact, to my mind, the obama administration is arguing for stalemate. and i just can't see committing my son or your son or my daughter or your daughter to a war when our goal is stalemate. >>steve: we don't have to worry about it now because we are in a diplomatic pause. >>brian: rand paul is the foremost republican right now in washington. meanwhile, new this morning, the director of the c.i.a. has announced survivors of the benghazi attack one year ago today will be made available to congress. this as america remembers the tragic deaths of ambassador chris stevens, glenn daugherty, tyrone woods and sean smith. their families continue to fight for justice.
>>gretchen: joining us is the uncle of sean smith who was killed one year ago today. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning. >>gretchen: of course we are so sorry for your loss. i know this day is even sadder than the other ones you've tried to get through over the last year. does it give you any solace to know u.s. counterterrorist officials determined that several extremist groups were responsible or took part in the attack? does it give you any solace that it appears they might be moving forward to arrest somebody? >> not really. because in some ways it's a little too late, you know. i want justice, but i also want truth and accountability. and that's been missing in action for the past year. i mean, yeah, there are sealed indictments out there, and that's great. and i want justice for my nephew and for ambassador stevens and daugherty and woods. but, you know, come on, folks. the obama administration has been dragging its heels. this is really the true
definition of a stonewall. >>steve: can you believe, michael, it has been a year. we know the name of one of the suspects. he's been talked to by the associated press, "the new york times." we've even talked to him over there. and yet no arrest. >> it's hard for me to believe. but this has been a long process for myself and for pat smith and other family members. and you know, we're just feeling almost like we're at the beginning of the crest as opposed to being in the middle of the stream. >>brian: here's a little from the letter you wrote to president, president obama and his administration have done little to nothing in the establishment of this honest dialogue about benghazi. deception of rhetoric. by the obama administration there is nothing phony about the deaths of four americans when it could have been prevented. you're referring to the fact that the president was talking about phony scandals a couple of weeks ago. >> and he has so many. there has been a number. >>brian: what would you like answered today?
what would you like people to focus on today? >> what i want people to focus on today is to support congressman frank wolf and his efforts to move forward with house resolution 36. i would like every american that has a heart and mind to contact speaker john boehner and let them know that we need an independent select committee that has the ability to reclassify documents and that has the subpoena power. >>steve: there is some good news, and that is the c.i.a. director wrote a letter to mike rogers who is going to be our guest coming up and said that they would start cooperating going forward. let's see what happens. michael ingmire, uncle of sean smith who died one year ago today in benghazi, thank you very much for joining us today from charlotte. >> thank you folks and thank you for keeping it alive. we appreciate it. >>steve: we'll never forget. >>brian: the least we can do. meanwhile straight ahead, why were bikers planning to
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bay. what was the problem? what did they tell you that stopped you? >>ñi basically you'reçóçó talkig about the parks department? >>brian: yes. >> basically they told us that açó permit would not beçó granted because it was a weekday. it would disrupt the residents of d.c. and they didn't want any of the roads blocked off because there was only -- when i toldñi her there were 12 other rallies that i knew of, she said, no, they only had a permit for one rally. and i've already been invited to four other rallies today. >>brian: you're not buying it. what do you think is behind it? >> you know it is a political agenda.ñi and the main reason why is because it came -- it started off as two million bikers to protest the millionxd muslim march. well, you know, because of the way it started off, i'm sure that mixed message, when we changed it, that's when it went viral is when we changed the theme of it.
but i'm pretty sure that because of that, the protest. >>brian: you're still doing it any way, aren't you? >> yeah. we have a constitutional right to ride those streets. we pay taxes. we are the tax-paying americans. they can't deny us riding the streets. it's going to take us three times longer to get through those streets now because we won't have them blocked off and we will have to stop at the stop signs and obey all the signs, you know, traffic signals. and that's fine, we'll do that. had they issued the permit and had the -- had we had police escort and assistance, we would have been done with this ride in less than, i'd say three hours. now it's going to take us six, seven hours. >>brian: you're going to do it and you're going to stick to it? >> and we will be doing this every year. sorry, d.c.,çó hopefully your parks people will start working with us. >>brian: it seems to me as a nontraffic expert it would be a lot easier to have you guys drive through than to have you stop at
every stop sign and traffic circle. thank you for doing that rally and commemorating 9/11 because so many have forgotten. you haven't and we appreciate that. >> thank you for letting us come on and speak. >>brian: talk to you soon. straight ahead, heñi was by president george w. bush's side from the moment he told him about the attack on the world trade center in 2001. turn air force one around. listen. >> the president of the united states very firm with me. i saidçóñrñiçó mr. president, i can't recommend it. >>brian: former white house chief of staff andy card joins us next. big news from oscar delahoya. miss a greatçó fight.ñi guess whereñr he's going. it's not good. ♪ ♪ ñi is this the bacon and cheese diet?
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>>steve: quick check of your headlines on this september 11. more people reportedly sick from chobani greek yogurt. 89 customers have come forward after last week's recall due to dairy mold. retired boxer oscar de la hoya waking up in rehab. he checked in for treatment of an alcohol and drug addiction. gretch? >>gretchen: a fox news alert. president obama laid out his case last night for intervention in syria arguing the u.s. nationalñr security interests are at stake. >> why should we get i, that is so complicated and
whereas one person wrote to me those who come after assad may be enemies of human rights? it's true that some of the assad's opponents are extremists. but al qaeda will only draw strength in a more chaotic syria if people there see prevent innocent civilians from being gassed to death. >>gretchen: are u.s. strikes the bestw3 way to prevent alñr qaedabirom gaining ground in syria orr will iti] worse?!d5z george w. bush, andy card. good morning to you. >> good morning, gretchen. good to be with you on this day of remembrance. >>gretchen: of course. we're going to get to september 11 in a moment. i need you to comment on the president's speech last night because you would know better than anybody as the the closest advisor to the president of the united states in times of war, what the president should do and what you would advise him to do. when you look at the situation that's been developing with syria and president obama over the last feui weeks, how would you have advised him differently or the same? >> i want the president of
the united states to speak with authority to the world, to have resolve and command respect and be a little bit feared. and i suspect that president obama hasn't lived up to that expectation over the last several weeks. and so i think the world is confused by what president obama is saying. he's called for action and then he said don't do anything. and he told us how terrible the atrocities in syria are and how they cannot stand, but he says stand by and we'll consider doing something later on. so i'm troubled that the president doesn't look like he is in command of the situation or that he is really got his finger on the pulse of reality dealing with the diplomacy around the world. i know he has his hand on the political situation in the united states. he understands the tough politics of a decision like this, but i'm concerned that he is not furthering the causeñi of american leadership around the world. >>gretchen: when i found out last night that i would
beçóñi intervie[zg you on this topic, i couldn't help to think about how much yourñi former boss, president bush, took flak for some of his very strong positions on things. however, do you see it as ironic today that he was the president that stood up and said here's what i think and you can disagree with me or not, but here's what i think. and do you see a complete difference in president obama and the way that he handles situations like this? >> well, president bush would very seriously do his homework and understand when a decision was necessary and he had the courage to makeçó a decision. he didn't make a decision based on which way the political winds were blowing. he made a decision on what he thought was right for the country and he accepted the consequences of his decision. he had the courage to decide. he was a decideer. president obama seems to have his finger in the air most of the time looking to see which way the political wind areñr blowing, and i think he's afraid to make some of the tough decisions that presidents have to
make. yes, i'm troubled by the kind of leadership we'rexd seeing in washington, d.c. rightxd now, but içó want president obama to be strong and i want america's leadership to be respected around the world. >>gretchen: of course. today is september 11. hard to believe it's been 12 years since you told president bush in that classroom what had happened. would we be any safer with regard to syria now if we strike or don't strike with regard to this being september 11? >> i have to admit i don't think the situation in syria represents a present threat to the united states national security interest or to the american people. so i think it's a little different than the situations that president bushñi addressed. but i do feel that when president obama said that there was a red line and that syria had crossed the red line or bash sure assad crossed the red line and there was a consequence, you couldn't be hollow in the consequence and had to follow through. i think diplomatic challenges should have been
addressed over the last several weeks rather than ask for a vote in congress and ask it to be postponed. president bush, on the other hand, i think he was very deliberate about how he made his decisions and i respected how he made those decisions. and he had the courage to make them. and we worked very hard to make sure that his decisions once implemented lived up to his expectations. >>gretchen: i'm sure you got into disagreements from time to time and that brings me into the next topic about this documentary coming out tonight 9:00 p.m. called the president's gatekeepers. let's take a peek. >> we're waiting for [inaudible] to protect us. the whole time the president is telling me we're going back to washington. the secret service is telling me we can't go back here until we know much more about what's happening. i just said, mr. president, i really can't recommend it. >>gretchen: he was angry with you; right? >>ñi yes, he was. he was pretty angry with me. i tried to stay cool, calm and collected. all i kept saying to mr.
é-qou really want to make that decision. thexd truth is the pilot on air force one was reluctant to fly to andrews air force. the secret service were very concerned about the situation in washington, d.c. there were too many unknowns. i thought the president should allow us to regroup and go to strategic command and meet with faculty members of the white house staff, if you will, and then come back to washington once we knew what was going on. but the adamant about getting back to washington, d.c. he eventually got his way. we went back there and he addressed the nation there that night. >>gretchen: theñrñiñi discovery channel tonight 9:00, the president's gatok-t thank you. have a great week. he hasñr been one of the president's biggest supporters. but this morning even liberal bill maher is not on board with the plan for syria. what he said coming upçó next
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17-minute speech trying to pitch why we need to do something in libya, even 4%qtiuut on it and then asked congress not to vote on it, to postpone. and we're apparently now weighing this russian proposal that john kerry ad libb@ ago. >>brian: we're also talking about how many re normally in the president's camp andçóñ helped him get elected are not there for even joe trippy weighed in on what he saw last night. >> he said repeatedly during this speech that he had beenñi fighting the whole four and a half years to end wars, not start one, wasn't really interested in doing one now, was much more interested in diplomacy. i don't see how the speech helped him withñi the left in the democraticñi party and a lot of antiwarñi votes in theñi congress to move to his side. i mean, first of all, there
isn't going to be a vote now, as youñi pointedñiçziñr ou. i don't think heñr movedñjrxd >>gretchen: it don't really matter because thereñi isn't going to be añi vote. the only reason to give a speech last night is because itñi was on the schedule. it was planned.ñiçó otherwise there would have been no reason for a speechñi but he was in aç!j >>brian: all eyesñi are on geneva on thursday ad see ifç?$ forceçó china, russia and syria toññrñr doxdñiçóñiçóñiñi i claimed. that's basically inxd your face. >>gredc] prìu >>brian: he'sñiñiñiñi liberal? youñi didn't makeñ2háheñv r@ time comesñiñrçóñi aze the president was elected becauseñi the people chose him, notñrñiñi bqfpuseñr he'sçó antiwar. because the iraq war he left way too quick.
in afghanistan he ended the surge as heñi started the surge making it more dangerous for the people on the ground. for this con tpheubgt in libya -- con tpheubgt in libya, there is still chaos there. now this conflict in syria is something he adçó libbed in august.ñrçó >>steve: 23 minutes before theñixd top ofçó theñrçó. action in syria but without speaking on theçó middle class first. did y]u hear this? >> i know americans want all of us inñi washington, especially me, to concentrate on the task of building our nation here at home. putting people back to work, educating our kids. growing our middle class. >>brian: how could action in syria impact our bottom line? stuart varney lives on the bottom lineçó but he's here on our top-line couch. first off, i think oil
right away. they don't have much oil but the region does. >> there is a delay here. not going to be a attack today, notñi nextñiñr week, probably never. that is my opinion. that means the priceñi ofñi oil has goneñr down. gone down significantly in the last couple of days. if there is no attack, a delay, we're going to do negotiations. that. the stock market has gone straight up in the last fewi days. it may go up a little bit more today. a lot of people are saying it's going to go up a hr-t more with this -- to go up a lot more with this inaction inçó syria. >>gretchen: usually theçó market does not like uncertainty. >> the uncertainty would be if you have an attack tomorrow morning because you don't know how it's going to play out. you've taken that uncertainty off the table because there's not going to be a vote and there's not going to be an attack. >>gretchen: the president left it open to do an attack but maybe the market doesn't bqxieve him. >> if you've got mon5ñi you've got to divorce your political opinion from the way you investñthat money. money has no morality. money has no political
opinion whatsoever. i know a lot of people who are appalled at america's foreign policyñi but they're still going to buyñiw3 stocks because they think stocks are goingçó up. >>brian: you know what cyndiñrñi lauperxd said,xd the great philosopher, money changes everythg. expect more musical anecdotes on varney and company coming up at 9:20. >> pithy analysis. >>steve: they don't do pinprick pithy. aboutinutes before the top of the hour. while you were sleeping a transit bus crashed when the driver fell asleep at the wheel.ñi eight people hurt. it happened on a freeway in california. 15 people were on the bus at the time. cops say the bus careened into a wall, skidded across all lanes of traffic and then struck the center divider coming to a stop right there.
>>brian:>x dramatic rescue in colorado caught on camera. a mom and daughter trying to escape floods climbed on to the roof of their car. a man was driving by and saw them. >> too much water was coming into my truck. i backed in. that allowed me to hold on to my truck while i grabbed them. >>brian: not only did he rescue the mom and six-year-old but he dropped them off at a nearby school and went back to tow the car out. >>gretchen: it's not for a movie role. oscar winning actor tom hanks proving he is añr regular citizen by showing up for jury duty. hanks taking his responsibility very seriously. he was seen jotting down notes about the case. those are your headlines. >>brian: probably hopes to get a script out of it. straight ahead, how much of our show is left? 2 hours and 20 minutes. >>gretchen: your math skills are out of this world. >>steve: she's everybody's favorite mama. >> entire family will be more than happy to take me anyplace that i need to go.
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a a >>brian: quick sports headlines. a big win for the u.s. men's soccer team as they secure a trip to the world cup next june which they are favored to win, according to joel. the team taking on mexico last night and beat them 2-0 on the road. this in three starters. hide-and-seek could become an olympic sport.ñr a japanese professor wants to make it part of the 2020 summer olympics in tokyo. he started a committee and
now has a thousand members. >>steve: good luck. >>gretchen: we can't have baseball, softball or squash but we can have hide-and-seek? >>brian: exactly. but if they never find you, you win. how do you get the award? we can't find the guy. >>gretchen: today we of course mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11. we think not only about the victimsñi but also about their families. >>brian: more than 3,000 children whoñi lost a parent on that day and how are they rising from the ashes, putting their life back together? >>steve: peter johnsonpa&c @3 n lower manhattan where he lives and works. he joins us with more. >> good morning, steve, gretchen and brian. it's a sad day on the 12th anniversary but it's also a happy day in some ways. we mark the new towers going up behind us but we also mark more importantly lives out of the ashes,
survivors of 9/11, the brilliant young children who have becomeñi brilliant york city. i'm happy to have with us one of those people this morning. how are you? >> good. how are you? >> your father matthew died on the 102n floor and you attended his funeral. tell us what your feeling on this day on the 12th anniversary of the world trade centerñi attack. >> this day is actually humbling for me because the amount of love that's been extendedñr to me and all my friend that i've met through thisñi is amazing. andpt grow up and become the person that i am now is really different and a different feeling than it used to be. >> let's talk about the person that you've become now. your family's been so supportive. your mom. you used to dance and dance for your father. and now you've become a singer as#g119ñ
professionally. do you do some of thatçó in his honor, in honor of his accomplishment and what he would have wanted for you? >> absolutely. i sing specifically just for me and him. he used to sing all the time. he didn't really have a great voice, but he used to sing all the time. frank sinatra, all the time. and we used to dance and it used to be a lot of fun. >> what should people know about you and the other children who survived that attack on that day? and should they be comforted that you're doing well and that you believe in the same values that your father did? >> absolutely. i think that they should be comforted because we've grown into such strong people and we have each other, and we're no longer people that need support and to be coddled. we can go out and take care of others who feel the same sort of emotions because we're strong enough know. >> when you look at the new buildings that are behind
us, do you often think of your father? and what do you think? >> i do think of him. i think the new building is gorgeous and the memorial is breathtaking. it's really a great tribute to, you know, everything that happened. >> jennifer, you're an inspiration. we're so proud of you as americans, so we thank you and we thank your father for working so hard. and unfortunately dying so honorably and so tragically on that day. a great story here at the world trade center. america from the ashes. jennifer pacerno. back to you guys in the studio. >>steve: a greatñr story. thank you, peter. >>gretchen: we'll check with peter throughout the morning. the president tried to sell his strike on syria last night and then punts control to the russians but can vladimir putin be trusted? congressman mike rogers has his doubts. he'll explain coming up. >>brian: she's everyone's favorite mama. >> you are as young as you
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sometimes simplityic is all you need. >> brian: who better to tell us how it is than vicky lawrence. welcome back. >> thank you, great to see you. >> brian: who is the mama that you want to portray? what does mama bring to the surface that america needs? >> i think mama was very true to her generation, don't you think? she was all about setting boundaries, keeping everybody in line, a little discipline, which could be good for system people who should remain nameless. >> steve: let's name one of them. what about miley cyrus, she was doing the twerking. i don't think mama would like that. >> i think my twerker is broken, if you know what i mean. test rusted. i want to send her to her room of the give her a good spanking. >> steve: she would like that. >> brian: how do you think about vogue's decision to not put her on the cover? >> what's she going to wear? half the young girls -- they all
do stuff like that. >> steve: that's alan thicke's son. >> it is. yes. >> steve: i remember when he was a little boy. >> i remember. >> gloria was on the carol burnett show. >> steve: let's talk about the spine. i'm. >> gretchen: i'm interested how vicky lawrence feels about the spying. >> what does it all mean? >> brian: it means they know you. >> if somebody is spying on me, it means they're bored out of my mind. >> gretchen: that's kind of how i feel. >> steve: something that mama and grandma mas were interested when they were launching obamacare, there were some ads out there that showed that grandma was going to be thrown from the cliff. i'm sure that would mean mama would get thrown. >> every once in a while. >> say they're going to stop sending our social security checks and this is not good. i'm just saying. if i do not have money for my depends, your mortgage isn't
going to be the only thing that's under water. [ laughter ] you know what i think? i think barak and michelle should do a twerking video. doesn't everybody want to see them twerking in the white house? isn't that the new thing? >> brian: show of hands? she's in the garden a lot. i don't know if she has time to practice. >> gretchen: that might be one of the few things -- tell us about these dvds. i was just telling you that i love to go back to the old shows and try and find them. now there is an easy way to do that. >> super easy. you literally can get on time life.com, or i was absolutely googling mama's family dvd and i went to the web site f. you're a junky and want to buy the entire collection. like at costco and everywhere in the retail world, they were leased on the street yesterday, was my release date. >> steve: congratulations. >> thank you. >> brian: means there are knockoffs going for $3 today.
>> no. i bought a knockoff several years ago and the quality was so bad, i was so depressed. >> brian: go and buy them from the store? >> i went to time life when we were putting together the carol burnett set and i said, couldn't we do this for "mama's family"? unbeknownst to me and they made it happen and here it is! there is a loving, beautiful homage to that dysfunction -- look how young i was. >> gretchen: a young mama. you look the same. >> steve: that's your mama. that's not you. >> not yo mama. >> steve: always a pleasure. thank you very much and congratulations on the dvd. >> thank you. i'm so excited. >> brian: eat your heart out, dean martin royses. >> gretchen: coming up, new hope in the fight against breast cancer. the breakthrough given the green light. >> brian: then tim tebow getting a big kiss from gene simmons. gene is here with his multi million dollar deal to get tebow back on the field. back on the field. make it ♪ ho ho ho
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benghazi. this as the c.i.a. pledges to make the benghazi survivors available. can we really trust that? why won't libya let us arrest the perpetrators? >> steve: talk about an unlikely duo. gene simmons and tim tebow. how the kiss rocker could be getting tebow back onto the football field. but where? details on that and so much more. "fox & friends" starts right now ♪ >> gretchen: moments ago, the american flag unfurled at the pentagon on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks there. moments later, president obama will speak at a private observance there.
>> steve: meanwhile, here in new york city, there will be six moments of silence. the first coming at 8:46 this morning when the first plane hit the north tower. >> brian: in shanksville, pennsylvania, a wreath laying ceremony happens between 9:45 and 10:03 a.m., the time unite the airlines flight 93 crashed into a field there. so we're looking back. this has been 12 years since. those are the footprints where the building once stood, but all around it is where the buildings are being built. there is people who go on the inside and say you can't believe the progress, but as pedestrians, you walk by and see fences and they're beginning to take them down. >> steve: world trade center 1 is -- stands 1776 feet high. world trade center 4 actually going to open up in a couple of months. i think in november. you know, one of the problems, though, has been the transportation hub. they thought that it would be open in 2006. now they say it could be open in
2015. it is billions of dollars overbudget. the whole project is. but at last, they are building things and they are reaching to the sky as we remember on this september 11. >> brian: they're going to read the names, but no politicians will speak. so we have that to be thankful for. 15 minutes, east room. the walk is very familiar to the bin laden walk. in terms of impactful speeches, i watched it twice in its entirety, i don't know why he gave it. i have no idea what it accomplished. i cannot believe how our diplomacy, even if it works out in the end, how this has all been one stumble into the next mistake and next thing you know, ball is in your court, putin, bail us out. and the french, the british, and i guess in some cases the administration thinks that we can't trust what they're putting together. >> gretchen: number one, he had to give the speech because he announced he was going to give a speech, although two days ago it was going to be for an entirely
different matter. >> steve: he already booked the room. >> gretchen: and time with the american public. number two, if you ask anyone across this nation or for that matter, the world today, where does america stand with regard to foreign policy with regard to syria and otherwise? i don't know if anyone could really answer that question for you. listen and see if you have an answer. >> this is not a world we should accept. this is what's at stake. that is why after careful deliberation, i determined that it is in the national security interest of the united states to respond to the assad regime's use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. i have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. i'm sending secretary of state john kerry to meet his russian counterpart on thursday, and i will continue my own discussions with president putin. >> steve: about the first ten minutes of it, i thought did he a great job in laying out why
chemical weapons are so diabolical and so deadly and why in his estimation, there is a red line and the world feels that, that when you cross that, you're in really big trouble. but then he talked a little bit about congress and, you know, i asked them to go ahead and vote on it, even though no national security interests were at stake there. then he said, i postponed it because now we're looking into this john kerry gaffe deal which could provide the lifeline. what's interesting, though, is while he talks about how the red line has been crossed, now with this russian proposal, what they're suggesting is once they gather up all of the diabolical chemical weapons, they would let mr. assad stay in office. >> brian: the russians will be on the ground there. >> steve: it seems like such a disconnect. >> gretchen: what is the ultimate goal? i think that's what people have been searching for with this administration. what's the goal with your foreign policy? >> steve: they don't have a strategy. how can they have a goal? >> gretchen: that's the thing. earlier we interviewed andy card, who was the chief advisor to president bush. one of the things we talked
about was, like him or hate him, president bush made a decision and says shear what i think. you know what? you may hate me for it, but this is the direction i'm going in. it's interesting to see the parallels or lack thereof between the different leadership styles and different strategies on foreign policy. here is rand paul talking about what he thinks the goal might be. >> we're not going after assad. we're not going to destabilize. we have no plan for victory. in fact, to my mind, the obama administration is arguing for stalemate and i just can't see committing my son or your son or my daughter or your daughter to a war when our goal is stalemate. >> steve: the associated press did a fact check, saw a number of glaring fact errors in what the president said last night. one is that he said, the president did -- the facts cannot be denied, yet the associated press said, you know, he has not laid out the proof that mr. assad was behind the attack. he did cite satellite evidence
and voice intercepts and talked about those video, youtube video, but videos don't show who launched the attack. >> brian: it's going to take years without a civil war to get all that stuff out. what about the inspectors? who is going to guard them? last time they were shooting at them. they going to change that? and who is going to be on it? can u.s. guys be in there for the weapons inspection team? who is going to watch their security? are they really going to turn everything over? is russia going to turn everything own? that means they'll be on the ground. >> steve: many bad choice. >> gretchen: nothing is ever resolved in the united nations. and last week the president was not going to go to the united nations, and now he is. >> brian: and russia and china behind this proposal. oliver north says he spent a lot of time in the middle east trying to make things clear. this looks terrible. >> at this point, i'm not too sure how you get out of the problem because as i say, putin has credibility he doesn't deserve. the iranians.
the only people who are better off are the iranian, hezbollah, the russians to a certain extent, and tomorrow morning, syrians are still going to be dying by the thousands. all the things that have taken place for over two years, when you consider where all this started, is not good for american foreign policy and worst of all, it distracts us from things like the benghazi, the irs, all of those investigations like nsa spying, and now we've got tomorrow, the anniversary of what happened on 9-11-01. >> steve: what happened on 9-11-01 is the topic of some fox news polls we're going to share with you today. >> brian: the president said that we are not threatened by syria, so don't worry about reprisals. but wait a second. syria says they are threatened by us and remember, you weren't expecting 9-11, which by the way, we're mark 12:00 years since the attack that took down the towers. >> steve: the president said syria poses no direct threat to the united states. but then he said the military responds in the national interest. national day of mourning today.
the big question is, is the united states today safer than it was before september 11 in 2001? 51% of you say it is now safer. but as you can see back in 04, it was 58%. 38%. today 23% said that. >> brian: if you talk to ray kelly, don't even have a plan to counter terror. he says we're still the number one terror target in the world, new york city. >> gretchen: what about obama's job performance with regard to terrorism? 48% approve. 45% disawe prove of the foreign policy, 39% approve. 54% disapprove. that's the biggest hit he's taken recently with regard to syria. health care, only 38% approve. 58% approve an economy. only 37%. 60% approve. here is syria. 29% approve. 60 disapprove. >> steve: that's the clunker. how do you feel about how the president has handled terrorism?
48% of you approve. 45% disapprove. so a slight plurality approve of the president's handling of terrorism. >> gretchen: live look now at ground zero. in less than two hours, family and friends will pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost 12 years ago today. eric shaun joins us live from lower manhattan. good morning, eric. >> good morning, gretchen. the first plane hit the world trade center, american airlines flight 11 flew directly over my head. it was really loud and really low and the plane was kind of banking like this when it made a turn to hit the north tower. even though that was 12 mornings ago, it sometimes seems as if not one day has passed. let's look at the awe inspiring and breath taking memorial, the twin tower cascading waterfalls. like in years past, this is the site of the somber remembrance.
another memory of tears and tributes. moments of silence when the planes hit here, the pentagon, and shanksville, pennsylvania. there is a feeling of loss. there will be the reading of the names of those who perished. it is simple, elegant, no politicians will speak. as those here remember their personal loss, as well as the loss for the nation. then tonight at dusk there will be the tribute in lights. those are the two twin beams that pierce the night sky, reaching to the heavens that evoke the two towers, tribute of light, always a reminder of what we lost and also of the threat of terrorism that still exists. back to you in the studio. >> gretchen: all right. thank you so much for that reflection and memories back. >> brian: eric just sat there for two weeks and just reported. >> steve: with that little paper mask. >> gretchen: i did as well. so this day also brings back
many memories of being down there on the site and we think about the families today. another fox news alert developing overnight, explosion. two buildings were seriously damaged. we don't know what caused the blast. reports of some injuries. also overnight, c.i.a. chief john brennan announcing that he's going to make the c.i.a. officers who survived benghazi now available for interviews. >> steve: that will be good. meanwhile, coming up, new hope in the fight against breast cancer. the breakthrough just given a green light. >> brian: then he was the man who held new york city together after the september 11, maybe the best mayor we ever had. does he think america will be safer if we strike syria? mayor rudy guiliani looks back at 12 years to this day and looks ahead.
>>ert on this september 11. president obama facing the nation on syria last night and officially asking congress to postpone a vote to authorize some sort of military action. but is a diplomatic deal with the russians in our best interest in joining us is the chairman of the house select intelligence committee, congressman from michigan, mike rogers. good morning to you. >> good morning, steve. how are you this morning? >> steve: doing okay. but the president of the united states was trying to twinsor convince you and other americans that it's the right thing to do to attack syria unless something is done diplomatically. did he make his case? >> i was disappointed in the speech. i'm one that believes our national security interests are at stake in syria. he didn't make that case either. so he had a little bit of campaign rhetoric, a little bit of i'm really reluctant to do this, oh, by the way, chemical weapons really bad. he did well there. i was really disappointed. he needed to be that steely
resolved commander in chief. we haven't really seen him in that role of commander-in-chief. he need to do talk about not pin pricks or was the attack going to be bigger than a bread box. that whole conversation confounded me. this is a surgical strike to degrade their capability to deliver chemical weapons. i don't know why -- we've been arguing about that, nor should we be talk being what ship, what missile. we shouldn't talk about any of those kind of things. why that's important, steve, is he needed to set the table to say that, listen, peace through strength. if you don't negotiate this right, if we don't get a negotiated settlement, something really bad is going to happen. that's how you get to good diplomatic solutions and all of that, to me, was lost in what i thought was even a bit more confusing of a speech. i was really disappointed in that. i think our national security interests are at stake. >> steve: i can imagine how your head must be spinning. you must be a little dizzy. last week he said, i want congress to vote. last night he said, hold the
phone. don't vote. >> yeah. again, i thought it was odd to have the speech to spend so much time about talking about why he's asking congress not to vote. i didn't understand any of that. my argument was he should have come out, acted as commander in chief and said listen, we have a moral obligation to act on chemical weapons. we have three different conventions on chemical weapons where the world says you can't allow this to happen because they are so god awful. that's important. oh, by the way, we have the capability to do surgical strikes to degrade their ability to deliver chemical weapons. all of that's in our interest and the world's interest. remember, this is a dangerous neighborhood. iran is spending a lot of time there and this is the same country, iran, that tried to blow up a restaurant in washington, d.c. >> steve: that's right. >> he really didn't bring in all of the other global issues that are happening in syria and al-qaeda, by the way, 12 years after 9-11, is pooling up in the eastern part of syria and they
don't have one or two. they have thousands of people, jihaddists gathering up and they're talking about trying to hold that ground for a safe haven in the future. why the president didn't lay out case, listen, this is in our interest to get ahead of this. >> steve: absolutely. >> it's confounding. >> steve: since we got you today on 9-11, 12 years after the strikes on world trade center and washington and shanksville, and one year after what happened in benghazi, i understand that the c.i.a. director, john brennan, wrote you a letter and said we're going to cooperate. he also denied that c.i.a. officers have been subjected to polygraphs or required to sign nondisclosure agreements as well. is that all accurate? >> well, in the individuals that we've talked to so far, i believe that's accurate. we have not talked to all of them. one of our frustrations was there were several that were either not made available or decided they didn't want to cooperate. but that no longer is an option. so we got that letter. we're going to make a final
determination with all of the c.i.a. officers on the ground. remember, the c.i.a. is the good guys in this. they acted with great bravery and patriotism. by the way, risked their lives to go back and try to save the ambassador. so they're not the bad guys in this. but there is a valuable information we think they have. there is some indication that the time lines that has been presented are not accurate. we're going to get to the bottom of that. this is an important movement in the investigation. i'm sorry that had to happen on the year anniversary. obviously there is some political calculation here. this should have happened -- we should have this opportunity months and months and months ago. >> steve: now it looks like perhaps they're going to be helpful, which is terrific. chairman mike rogers from michigan, thank you very much for joining us on this september 11. >> thanks, steve. >> steve: 20 minutes after the top of the hour. terrifying moments for a mother and her young daughter caught on camera. flood waters forcing them onto the roof of their car. meet the total stranger who came to their rescue. wait 'til you meet him. then tim tebow getting a big
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>> gretchen: when you think of the band issues kiss, it probably sounds something like this. ♪ i want to rock'n'roll all night ♪ ♪ and party every day >> gretchen: nearly four decades later, that song still the band has most popular hit. >> steve: now one of kiss' members is getting involved with something other than music and we're talking football? joining us now is kiss front man, glenn simmons.
gene. that was my earlier joke. how are you, gene? >> why is it you guys all show footage that's almost 40 years old, because you're right, we've been around 40 years. >> gretchen: still looking very, very good. >> brian: make-up makes you look young. >> yours? >> brian: yours. >> mine. all right. you're right. i would be remiss in my duty if i didn't mention, if you kids out there have a pen and pad, 'cause some of us still do, write down lakissfootball.com. get your season tickets. it's only 99 bucks because we're family friendly and you shouldn't have to mortgage your entire house to be able to go to an nfl game. so arealanswer football is in yr face. good family entertainment. we're about to almost sign tim tebow and that's good for football and all those pundits and those in the peanut gallery who pick on him because he's a default christian and fraud -- devout christian. here is a guy that believes in
his god and people pick on him. if he was a jew or a muslim and you did that, people would never dare. but for some reason, if he's a christian, you're allowed to pick on him is the height of lunacy and those journalists should be held accountable. they're never going to pick on a guy to tortures dogs or perhaps going to jail for murder, but if he believes in christ, his lord, then he's open season. like what country are we living in. >> brian: that's a great point. now, what about the fact, have you reached out it his representatives, because i heard he turned down an opportunity to go in the nfl and play a nonquarterback position. >> i'm not familiar with the nfl. arena football is more in your face. >> gretchen: where does it stand with tim tebow? this had is the real thing? >> tim is in los angeles. i'm flying back this afternoon and we hope to sit down with him and show him -- we're going up. this is good family entertainment and --
>> brian: kurt warner played in the afl! >> he became a major star. better to deal with not deal with all the nonsense. by the way, there is nothing wrong with the nfl. and we do have a new book, you're right. >> brian: we don't even need to be here. >> nothing to lose with a fantastic book that harper collins just brought out. they'll be pulling out my next book. >> steve: it's between those years, 172 and 75. >> gretchen: why did you choose just those three years? >> brian: making of the band, right? >> yeah. the formation of something really has to do with the innocence of it all. you don't have issues like marketing or anything. you're running on passion. it's like when fox first came out, you just had this kind of notion, let's do something other people have never done. passion is an important thing. so it's not just a book that paul and myself wrote, although we get all the credit. a lot of people have commented
about like, hey, i was there. i was in the background. so when there is an accident or spectacle happening, it's not always the people inside the eye of the storm that have the best advantage. people on the outside have a completely different event. so you'll recognize stars talking about it and things. groupies and other wonderful stuff. it's great book. by the way, you can drop it, you can do a number two, pick it up, and then drop it. >> brian: i have no idea what you're talking about. >> steve: you cover all the base. >> i'm a bass player. these are semantics, but i'm not anti-semantic. >> steve: he's the co-founder of kiss, nothing to lose. and the l.a. team. gene, you got so much going on. we are delighted you would stop by to promote your many activities. >> you are a powerful and attractive man, doocy. >> brian: excuse me. >> not so much. but it's a delight sitting next to you. >> gretchen: thank you so much. >> made my whole day brighter.
>> gretchen: thank you. >> when a woman takes all the time and effort in the world to look as beautiful as she can so that the rest of us knuckle heads can bask in your glory -- >> brian: all right. >> gretchen: wow. >> brian: very well put. >> steve: i need some hip waders in here. >> brian: coming up, imagine sitting in your home and you see this happen. (scream). >> brian: what set off the massive explosion? the story coming up. >> gretchen: then he was the man who helped bring a city together after september 11. what does he think america will be now that -- rudy guiliani coming up next what makes your family smile? backflips and cartwheels.
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elliott spitzer and anthony wiener gone. sent home despite $10 million spent. spitzer lost his bid to scott stringer. 52-48. as for wiener, he got crushed. getting just 5% of the vote. who were those 5%? hang your headsday, kids, in that primary race for mayor. how is he taking it? >> we might have come up a little short in this campaign, but we are all unified in that fight. and if we keep fighting, and i hope you will, if you keep fighting, i'm going to keep fighting because we're going to keep new york the capital of the middle class for years to come. thank you very much. >> brian: promise me you won't keep fighting and go away. after his concession speech, wiener gave a local reporter the one finger salute, which wasn't saying you're number one. >> steve: no, it's not. good-bye, anthony. new hope in the fight against breast cancer. the f.d.a. has green lighted a
new drug that could help shrink tours before surgery. scientists say women who receive the drug as initial treatment for breast cancer were more likely to be cancer free at the time of surgery than women who received older drug combinations. the f.d.a. is recommending speeding up the approval of this drug. >> brian: i second that. check out this moment in a car explosion in russia. the car had been burning a few minutes when it suddenly exploded. it's not clear what caused the blast, or if anyone was hurt or why everyone has a camera in russia. all our best candid videos coming out of russia. >> steve: because nobody trusts the government and the insurance is out of control. that's why they have so much of that. now we got an extreme weather alert for you. 25 minutes before the top of the hour. maria molina joins us now
outside. we have our first official hurricane of the atlantic season, don't we? >> yeah. very late in the season. it's a little unusual to not be seeing a hurricane throughout the atlantic hurricane season, which started on june 1 until now. it's middle of september. we're heading there. finally seeing the first hurricane. the good news about this storm is that it's not forecast to impact anyone. it's just moving across the open water of the atlantic ocean and could strengthen a little bit within the next 24 hours before gradually weakening over the next several days. the winds will be very strong and the we're is cooler. that's going to help weaken that storm system. gabrielle as well moving away from bermuda and it's going to continue to weaken. otherwise the other big story across the united states, i want to talk about here at home, is the heat across parts of the midwest. very hot over the last several days. now that heat has headed eastward and in new york city, you're talking of high temperature at 94 degrees. then you have to factor in the humidity because it's very humid out here. this is what it's going to feel like during the afternoon hours in new york.
101 degrees is the forecast heat index value at 2, 3 p.m going to feel like 99 in washington, d.c., and philadelphia. it's going to feel like 98 degrees in the city of boston. we're talking dangerous levels of heat along the i-95 corridor. farther inland, there is a threat to see severe weather, damaging winds, large hail, being a main concern, even stretching into parts of the great lakes and flash flooding, another big story across parts of colorado, parts of utah and even the state of new mexico. a lot of things to keep an eye on. again, the good news is that humberto not expected to impact anyone across the atlantic. >> brian: i know you'll track it. thanks. we'll check in again. all right. we may soon be learning more about the benghazi terrorist attack that killed four americans one year ago today. after all, what's taken so long? john brennan now saying the survivors of the attack will be available to talk. meantime, some explosive new
details about the raid are being revealed in a new book. >> gretchen: it's called "under fire, the untold story of the attack in benghazi." the authors join us to tell us more about what they uncovered. good morning to both of you gentlemen. one of you is in texas and one is here on the set. >> brian: first, what do you think we still need to know? >> we need to know who planned it, who financed it, and who executed it. >> brian: yesterday the "new york times" said, libya itself is thwarting arrests in the benghazi attack. so we might be getting close. that poor excuse for a government is stopping us from arresting people that killed americans? >> why would that shock any of us? the north africa has become hostile ground to the united states and it is not in their best interest -- >> brian: the same way we killed bin laden, we should be killing them, don't you think? >> absolutely. people should be brought to justice. both fred and i don't believe that they'll end up in a court in the lower district here in
manhattan. however, they will one day be served justice one way or another. >> steve: fred, let me ask you this, steven hayes has an item in the weekly standard where he talks about how the c.i.a. director, john brennan, has written a letter to mike rogers, the chairman of the house intel committee, and he says okay, c.i.a. is going to help you. however, it says that he denies that c.i.a. officers were subjected to polygraphs or required to sign nondisclosure agreements. that is different than what we've heard, isn't it? >> it certainly is, steve. it's my understanding that there has only been one c.i.a. officer testify behind closed doors in front of the house intelligence committee. so in order to get to the bottom of exactly what the c.i.a. was doing in benghazi, you need to have more officers testify. >> gretchen: do you believe that will actually happen, sam? >> i'm not really sure. there are two different bodies here that are trying to explain
the story or not explain the story. one is the state department is not a security service in trying to move on after benghazi and the other is the c.i.a. that is trying to keep its activities in libya secret. >> brian: when we saw gregory hicks last, he said that he did believe that they could have been saved, at least help could have been sent on the way sometime in the hours of the attack that went on. what did your research reveal? >> help did go to benghazi and i think one of the untold stories of the attack in benghazi a year ago today was the fact that when word hit the embassy in trip apply, the c.i.a. staff, didn't hesitate for a moment. they grabbed their gear and volunteered to go to benghazi and save their comrades. they made it there under libyan circumstances, as quickly as humanly possible. the embassy relentlessly tried to figure out transportation. they used a libyan air force
c-130 and at benghazi airport, controlled by one of the militias, they were held up in benghazi for four hours. four fateful hours. >> brian: they just couldn't get anywhere? they were held up by government officials? >> it wasn't government. it was militia. everything was divided among the local gangs and warlordslords ad everybody had to be paid and everybody had to be served in a fashion that became post-gadhafi libya. >> steve: that was one year ago today. fred burton and samuel katz, we thank you very much. >> thank you. >> gretchen: coming up on this anniversary of september 11, new york city police commissioner ray kelly and america's mayor, rudy guiliani, are going to give us their thoughts. le chicken with rice. mexican-style chicken tortilla. if you think campbell's 26 new soups sound good, imagine how they taste. m'm! m'm! good!
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>> steve: today as we mark the 12th anniversary of 9-11, we must all remember the first responders who gave their lives to save others and those who continue to keep us safe. peter johnson, jr. is in lower manhattan today with more. peter? >> good morning, steve. i'm here with commissioner ray kelly. new yorkers and americans say a prayer every night for ray kelly, keeping us safe in new york, which he's done for the past 11 or 12 years. he's here to mark this bittersweet morning, rebuilding of manhattan, but to commemorate our terrible, terrible loss, and the loss of police officers, firefighters and first responders. thank you for doing what you've done for our country. the president spoke about syria last night and about whether we would engage in a military strike on syria. what does that mean for new york? what does that mean for terror in the united states, if that, in fact, happens? >> the world has gotten much smaller after 9-11. so obviously we have to look at
the whole world landscape, if you will. if there is any military effort in syria, we have to be concerned about some sort of fallback here. we know that hezbollah and iran have done at least 15-plus against israelis and throughout the world in the last year, year and a half, and in fact, iran plotted to murder the saudi arabian ambassador here in the united states in washington. so we have to plan for that sort of thing. obviously we hope it doesn't happen, but we can't put our heads in the sand. >> and the nypd and you specifically have been involved with maybe stopping a dozen plots that we know about. what was disturb to go a lot of new yorkers and americans that nonof the mayoral candidates in the days and weeks leading up to yesterday's election consulted
the police department or you about the terror issues facing this city. how important is it in terms of hour livelihood, our commerce, our ability to go forward in a way that makes this the greatest city in the world? >> well, it's very important. mayor bloomberg has said and he's done an awful lot to see that it happens, that public safety is the foundation for just about everything good that's happened in the city in the last 12 years. so it's something that has to come to the forefront. it has to be, in my judgment, one of the three or four top issues that are discussed in the next two months. there is ample time to talk about it, yes, the candidates have not spoken about it up until now, but quite frankly, they haven't been asked about it either by the media. so i think it's time -- >> what questions should the media be asking these candidates for mayor in new york city? >> what's your view of the threat to new york city? do you have any plans to change the policies that are in place
now? we spend a lot of money, no question about it. but we spend about $200 million a year for our efforts. the budget will be very tight coming down the pike. we know that. so are people going to be looking to reduce our efforts in that regard? i mean, this is a legitimate question for new yorkers to ask because we're at the top of the terrorist target list. >> you have a breadth of experience, a decorated marine, street cop in new york city, a lawyer, incredible, well-educated person. but you've seen tragedy in new york city. on 9-11, you were not the police commissioner. what was your experience on that day? what does it tell you about the incredible american spirit that we are living? >> absolutely right. americans are so resilient. i was working in midtown
manhattan on that day, having breakfast. someone said that a small plane had hit world trade center. we went in to take a look at the television. by that time the second plane had hit. became obvious that it was a terrorist attack. i went to another building that we had at the time. we were trying to calm people down. i saw the first building fall. i saw the south tower fall. i saw the top of it disappear. such a horrific sight. in 1993 i was with the police commissioner sitting in the lobby of the world trade center talking to engineers and i remember them saying this building could never come down. >> the new building is supposed to be the strongest in the world. that's in part because some of the efforts you took to make sure that it was. commissioner ray kelly, as an american, as a new yorker, i thank you for your service and thank you for being here on "fox & friends" this morning keeping
our city safe. back to our friends in the studio. >> steve: peter and commissioner, thank you very much. down from lower manhattan, where as you can see, it's a busy day for business. >> brian: he might be the next homeland security secretary. he was referenced to by the vice president the other day in one of his speeches. coming up, last night the president made a case for war. but then moments later he called for congress to postpone a vote on syria. is he sending mixed messages? charles krauthammer has an idea about that. >> gretchen: first on this day in history, 1982, "hard to say i'm sorry" by chicago. >> brian: it's still hard to say i'm sorry. >> gretchen: the other day you didn't like any of these songs. do you like this song today? >> brian: in 1982? it's still hard for me to say i'm sorry even ragu users a. chose prego traditional over ragu traditional. prego?! but i buy ragu. [ thinking ] i wonder what other questionable choices i've made. [ pop muzak plays ] [ sigh of relief ]
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>> steve: fox news alert. did you see the president of the united states last night, 9:00 p.m. eastern time in the east room walking up from the cross hall? last time we saw him do that, it was to announce that osama bin laden was dead. the message he had last night was what syria has done is really bad with their chemical weapons and something's got to happen. of course, he had called for military action, then asked for congress to go ahead and vote on it. then he asked congress to postpone it. >> gretchen: peggy noonan said it to me the best way. she said it will be a white house address in which a president argues for an endeavor he is aban doing. it will be a president appealing for public support for an action he intends not to take. are you confused? >> brian: here is a little of the president talking about the situation. >> if we fail to act, the assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. as the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about
acquiring poison gas and using them. over time, our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield and it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and to use them to attack civilians. i have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. >> brian: all right. so vote and don't vote. and he also goes on to say he's going to i guess postpone his incredibly small military operation. >> steve: unbelievably. >> brian: just keep in mind, we hauled like 200 tomahawk missiles into libya and they didn't budge for months. what is a day and a half going to do in the best scenario? >> gretchen: the sad thing to me is if americans were not paying attention to this whole syria discussion because of summer and a bunch of other stuff going on, kids going back to school, et cetera, they would -- if you were just tuning in now, you would be like, oh, okay. yeah. this sounds good. there has been so much back and forth and changing of the story
and all that. it bothers me that maybe a lot of americans weren't paying attention and don't have any idea. >> brian: brit hume says he was a president doing a speech looking for a purpose. charles krauthammer wasn't so kind. >> that's what makes this sort of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered. here is a president who urgently addresses a nation on all channels to call for a pause in something that the nation does not want to do in the first place. this is almost unbelievable. i think obama sees this as a way to negotiate, to pause, to draw it out, and after a couple of weeks, inspections, negotiations, and there will not be a vote in congress and not a strike and we will not have the removal of weapons out of syria. >> brian: it's a policy by mistake. from how it started to the gaffe by the secretary of state, to russia picking up -- >> steve: they have a policy, it looks like they're ad libbing left and right. it's four minutes before the top
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>> gretchen: good morning to you. it's wednesday, september 11, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with us. fox news alert, president obama laying out his case for a strike in syria. then he called in the same speech to postpone the vote. which one is it? >> if we fail to act, the assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. i have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. >> gretchen: so is the president sending mixed messages to the rest of the world? >> steve: and one one to the day that four americans, those four americans lost their lives in
benghazi, another explosion rocks benghazi, libya. this as the c.i.a. director pledges to finally make the benghazi survivors from the c.i.a. available. but can we really trust that? >> brian: he held new york city together up through the september 11 attack. the definition of leadership. does he still think america will be safer if we strike syria like some say? mayor rudy guiliani joins us in moments live. "fox & friends" final hour on this special day in american history right now. ♪ >> gretchen: this morning america remembers the thousands of lives lost 12 years ago today in the terrorist attack of september 11, 2001. new york city, there will be six
moments of silence. the first at 8:46 a.m. when the first plane hit the twin towers. >> steve: earlier this morning, we watched the american flag unfurled at the pentagon in arlington, virginia. in shanksville, pennsylvania, a wreath laying ceremony will happen between 9:45 and 10:03, the time united airlines flight 93 crashed into a field in shanksville, pennsylvania. >> brian: joining us now, mayor rudy guiliani. mr. mayor, welcome back to "fox & friends." we appreciate giving you the time. i want to talk about 9-11 and your reflections 12 years later. first things first, we're very interested in seeing your thoughts about the president's speech last night and his decision to not have a decision and postpone any vote which he was about to lose. >> i'm probably as confused as everyone else by the president's actions with regard to syria from the very beginning they've been completely incomprehensible
now he found someone to follow, putin. the president leads by following. he didn't have anybody to follow. now he's following putin. we're going to negotiate with russia and syria and syria is going to let us inspect the chemical weapons they've always denied having. >> steve: right. >> something in that picture is very, very strange. they've been lying about these chemical weapons forever. there is no question they used them. the president is outraged by it. yet we're going to negotiate a way to contain them and his red line has been crossed now about ten times and he's done nothing. i think aside from the politics of it and everything else, shear what i worry about: it makes our country look extremely weak and it cedes leadership to the russians. i don't get that. >> gretchen: i'm wondering if it had been last week, would we have even gone with this deal with russia, because last week the president was 110% behind an
attack. so suddenly this opportunity comes about and the rest of the world is skeptical about russia. and by the way, russia has said you know what? the deal is off the table unless you take the strike off the table. what do you make of that? >> i mean, what i make of it is this is just the opposite of how a leader should act. he should set a course. he should stick with that course. it should be clear. even this whole idea that we should attack syria, we should attack syria because of all the terrible things they did, how horrible it was they killed children. but by the way, it should be a very small attack, a very tiny attack. >> brian: incredibly limited attack. >> just a couple of days. i don't know how you rally people to do something very small when you're telling them something terrible and something big has been done. >> steve: sure. that was one of the gaffes by john kerry and then another gaffe where he said hey, why don't we just -- what about this? and then the next thing you know, the russians jump on it and put us in a box.
but mr. mayor, you were alluding to how you really can't trust the syrians. you really can't trust the russians as well. but the president of the united states trying to make his case last night, i don't think he won over anybody, did he? >> i can't imagine even if you're the most ardent supporter of president obama how you can see any kind of leadership in this or any way in which he hasn't made america a lot weaker in the way in which he's presented this. this really goes back to his inaction two years ago in syria. the whole concept of leading by following. when you lead by following, somebody else, bigger, stronger and tougher than you takes over and they start leading. and now iran and russia are leading in syria. not the united states of america. >> brian: it's a good point. just embarrassing for the nation. mr. mayor, i got to ask you, this is 12 years since the 9-11-2001.
also one year since benghazi. we'll mark both those strikes on this day for the rest of our lives. what do you still need to know about that attack and are you offended by it being labeled a phony scandal? >> of course i am. i mean, four americans were killed. i have real questions about whether it ever had to happen in the first place. i have significant number of questions about the failure to give security to that area the six months before when it was crying out pour more security. i have significant questions about the action of the united states government that night, including our president. i still don't know where he was that night and why we didn't immediately deploy as much force as possible to the area. we could have always called it back. and i have a very significant question about why everybody has been kept silent for so long. now all of a sudden after a year of preparation, they're all going to speak. so i think the people who died that night and their families deserve a lot better than the way in which their government
treated them. >> gretchen: since we're speaking about september 11, you were the mayor of new york city when the tragedy happened in 2001. many people are wondering, mr. mayor, where we are with regards to safety now in america. we're talking about the syrian situation, iran, north korea, al-qaeda, osama bin laden is dead. but in terms of the future and the future of a terror strike, where do you think we stand with regard to safety in this nation? >> i think the record has been a good one of protecting us against strikes. there have been so many attempts. in most cases, with a few exceptions, we've been able to stop them. i think that's a good record. i think our record on air safety has been very, very good. i worry about the fact that the nature of islamic extremist terrorism has become much more diversified. i don't know that we are in full command of that. i also am very, very disturbed about the way this administration handles it, which is by being on defense rather
than being on offense. it seems to me the reason we were safe as president bush put us on offense. that kept us safe. when we were on defense, i think we invite attacks. so i worry about that. i hope it's not true. but at least from the way i look at it, we should be on offense against terrorism rather than constantly in this defensive position that president obama has put us. >> steve: mr. mayor, before you leave, it is 12 years later. sometimes it seems like 12 years. sometimes it seems like it was 12 months ago. your reflections on this anniversary of what happened down there a dozen years ago today? >> most complicated day of my life and probably in the history of my city. it was the worst day, it was the greatest day. some of the greatest losses and some of the greatest acts of heroism. i think ultimately you look 12 years later, this city is a lot stronger than it was before. twice as many people live down here today than before september 11. that is a real testament to american resiliency.
it's a tremendous defense against islamist extremist terrorism that they can strike us this way and we can come back so strong. so i think the citizens of this city deserve tremendous credit. >> steve: it is a stronger city and a louder city. i can hear they're doing one of the tours -- >> i'm very proud of it. >> brian: all right. >> great to see you. thank you. >> brian: great to see you, mr. mayor. we'll see new studio shortly, hopefully. >> gretchen: all right. now to the other stories. two democratic colorado state lawmakers have been recalled in an historic vote over gun control. state senator angela gerone and john morris both backed gun control measures in the aftermath of the shootings at the aurora movie theater and sandy hook. they supported new laws requiring background checks and limiting ammunition magazines. now they've been recalled. their bids for political redemption squashed.
elliott spitzer and anthony wiener sent packs last night in new york. spitzer lost his bid for new york city comptroller, 52 to 48%. wiener got crushed, getting 5% of the vote in a primary race for mayor. >> we might have come up a little short in this campaign, but we are all unified in that fight and if we keep fighting, and i hope you will -- if you keep fighting, i'm going to keep fighting because we're going to keep new york the capital of the middle class for years to come. thank you very much. >> gretchen: after his concession speech, wiener gave a local reporter the one finger salute. >> brian: right. classy. >> steve: i think that's to us, too. >> gretchen: one week after ariel castro took his own life on duty that night are on leave. the officers will be paid, but remain off the job while the investigation is underway. last month castro was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years in prison for holding three girls captive for more than a decade.
a dramatic rescue. a woman and daughter climb on top of the roof of their car. a man driving by saw them. >> originally, there was too much water coming in, so i turned around and backed in and it allowed me to hold on to my truck. >> he's my best hero i ever had. >> gretchen: not only did he rescue the mom and six-year-old, but he dropped them off at a nearby school and went back to tow the car out. >> steve: coming up, the president tried to sell his plan for war with syria to the american people unless something else happens diplomatically. did they buy it? frank luntz is here with the numbers. >> gretchen: you're going to hear how a soldier fought to
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and to shape a political settlement. but i have resisted calls for military action. the situation profoundly changed, though, on august 21, when assad's government gassed to death over 1,000 people. >> gretchen: so that was his play to the american public that we need to do something. what was the reaction? >> the reaction was split down the middle. this is the challenge the president faces. half of americans wanted him to react more quickly. they thought that he should have been much more decisive, that action should have been taken by now. and the other half doesn't believe action should be taken at all and don't understand why he's caught in this. so basically he's pleasing nobody, not his democratic base or republicans that he's trying to win over. >> gretchen: some people left confused because after he called for military action and talked about how horrible the chemical attacks were, he then went ahead and asked congress to not vote on it. so on the one hand, let's have military action.
but on the other, let's not vote. listen. >> this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because russia is one of assad's strongest allies. i have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. >> gretchen: everyone in congress went, whew. what happened in the focus group when he said that? >> there was a collective laugh all across america that he asked congress to delay because everyone knows congress will not support him. there were too many votes right now in the house side and potentially too many votes on the senate side to say no to what the president is asking for. so they thought that was an empty statement, that he asked congress to delay because he doesn't have the political capital he needs to succeed in that vote. >> gretchen: i want to put your attention to this new fox news poll with regard to how the
president has handled terrorism and wondering if you may have asked your focus group this as well. now how many of you approve of the way that he's handled terrorism? 48%. disapprove, 45%. but in june of this year, 52% approved. and in september, 56% approved in 2012. did you ask folks anything about that? >> yes. we got into national security. i think this is very important for the viewers to know. that the american people look at things like sequester and they look at the cuts to the military, with the threats of syria right at the forefront and they wonder why is america reducing its capabilities, reducing its national security at a time when there are greater threats coming from north korea, from iran, from syria. they're saying to their members of congress, please, your first responsibility is national security. don't jeopardize it. >> gretchen: you can see all of this and much more on "hannity" with frank luntz. thanks very much. >> thank you.
>> gretchen: afghan interpreter saved this american soldier's life, but then became the target of a taliban. you'll hear how the soldier fought to save him. and 12 years after the attack, we're going to recount every second of that morning exactly as it happened. >> let's bring in david lee miller, our correspondent. he has an eyewitness -- um... where's mrs. davis? she took an early spring break thanks to her double miles from the capital one venture card. now what was mrs. davis teaching?
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>> steve: afghan interpreter credited with saving an american soldier's life has finally been granted a visa by the united states government. we will only use his first name, janis, because he's still in afghanistan and still in danger of taliban retaliation. he and his family are expected to be on american soil next month. so how did he finally get the visa? let's talk to the american soldier whose life he saved.
joining us now is retired army captain matt seller joining us today from tucson. good morning to you, matt. >> good morning. how are you? >> steve: doing okay. we've been telling the story of how dakota myer, medal of honor recipient, has been trying to save the life of his interpreter, hafaz. you've been doing the same thing with your interpreter by the name of janis. it seems extraordinary that these afghans who tried to help our men and women are not being given these visas. >> yeah. there is really no explanation for it. it shouldn't be going on. janice literally saved my life in a fire fight by shooting dead a taliban. he's been waiting for a visa for two careers and he's not the only interpreter who i had in this case. i don't know basically how we did this, but we got lucky and i think -- i did three things.
i asked the truman project for national security of which i'm a fellow to try to have our membership get involved and advocate within the administration to see if they could pull some strings. i wrote my members of congress, my senator and my senators and my house rep and i asked all my friends and family to do the same thing. then i used this on-line web site called change.org to start a petition. and i also got this other organization, the iraq refugee assistant project involved and specifically a lady named kay eisner came down to washington, d.c. and went door to door advocating this issue. i think we got lucky. i think eventually the american people took notice. we got over 100,000 signatures on the change.org petition and the media picked it up. but i don't think what i did is repeatable and more importantly, this is not how we should be going about getting these men and women their visas. they've served our military in war and we owe them the promise we made them when they signed up, which is that if they give us a good year, we would give
them visas to the united states of america. >> steve: here is the thing, this program is going to be expiring shortly and there is still -- you told me during the commercial break we've only helped maybe 25% of the people who want help. >> yeah. congress, unfortunately, is set to let the program expire at the end of the month for the iraq version of it. and next year for the afghan version. if they don't put it into the continuing resolution that should pass hopefully this month, it will expire and even if they bring it back in a couple of months, the fact that it's been in existence for five years and only 25% of the iraq visas have been issued and only 15% of the iraq afghan visas have been issued, that, to me, tells me they let this thing expire and it comes back later, it's just going to be even more of a nightmare. >> steve: no kidding. the good news for you is your interpreter, janice, will be on american soil shortly. if people would like to sign the petition to help others like dakota myers' interpreter, go to
change.org. all right. captain matt zeller, thank you very much for joining us from tucson. >> thank you very much. >> steve: thank you for your service. >> brian: think of how so many others are out there. >> steve: just the tip of the iceberg. >> brian: it's been 12 years since the worst attack on american soil in our nation's history. now more than a decade after september 11, the memory of that tragic event will forever live on. >> gretchen: here is a look back at the dark day as they happened.
>> we have a very tragic alert for you right now. an incredible plane crashed into the world trade center here at the lower tip of manhattan. >> it's believed 7:37 this crash entered. there is speculation at this point, but at least three floors taken out, crashed into the side of the building. joining us right now, one of the producers. own the scene. -- on the scene, what do you know? >> i'm on the roof of my building, about five blocks to the south of the world trade center. i'm looking right now at the world trade center. there is a massive gaping hole on the second tower. it's about 15 stories from the roof. it's unbelievable to look at. you can see it right now. you can see emergency vehicles
stopping on the west side highway heading toward the scene. there are tons of people in the street. there are papers, things fluttering out. i can't see any evidence of what it was that could have crashed. all i can see is this massive gaping hole with tons of black smoke. >> all we can do is stare aghast at these pictures at this point. you are looking at the north building of the twin towers of the world trade center in manhattan. these are coming to you live now. debris raining down from 110 floors up. as you can see, this is a clear blue sky day in manhattan. if this was an accident, it would be a needle in a hay stack kind of accident. >> there was another one. we saw another one.
we just saw another one, apparently go -- another plane just flew into the second tower. this raises -- this has to be deliberate, folks. we just saw on live television as a second plane flew into the second tower of the world trade center. now, given what has been going on around the world, some of the key suspects come to mind, osama bin laden. who knows what? eric shaun is with us. eric, i know you have a lot of sources at the f.b.i. and other agencies like that. what can you tell us? >> i apologize for being out of breath 'cause i was walking down fifth avenue, which is close to our studios and i heard a jet, perhaps a 737 or a small airbus flying low, unusually low over
fifth avenue making a right. i'm not going -- i don't have any reports on what type of plane hit the world trade center, but people looked up and it made a right toward the building. >> it is a tragedy. it is abhorrent. it is disgusting. i'm wondering, are these pilots terrorists themselves? are there terrorists in the cockpit who are holding guns to a pilot's head? >> i can't imagine -- >> you can speculate completely about how this happens because obviously it takes a lot of training and expertise to fly a complicated, sophisticated aircraft, whether it's a boeing 737 or a smaller airbus. these are not little cessnas and pipers. so you have to wonder and raise
what possibilities there is with the type of scenario that was going on in the cockpit. >> our wendell goler is at the white house, make that sarasota. he's traveling with the president. wendell goler, what's the reaction from the president? >> john, the president is here promoting a reading initiative on the second day of a two-day trip to florida. he just finished reading to some children at the emma booker elementary school. about the incident, he said he was aware of it and he would have something to say about it later. >> let's bring in david lee miller, our correspondent. he has an eyewitness with him. david lee, what can you tell us? >> good morning. a few blocks from the world trade center as you would expect, all the roadways are cut off. the only way to get near the
buildings is on foot right now. the scene is absolutely a horrific one. you have people streaming out of the area. you got people literally in tears, in shock. people that just worked in the nearby buildings that cannot believe what has happened. still many of them remember the terrorist attack years ago on the world trade center and many of them, this is just an ugly reminder of that. all the details of what happened are not certain. as i was walking downtown in lower manhattan making my way to the world trade centers, i stopped to speak to sylvia, with me right now. we're a few blocks away. she works in lower manhattan and used to work in the trade center. i'm going to hand her the telephone now and she's going to describe for us what she saw this morning as she was arriving at work. sylvia? >> i heard a loud rumbling. when i walked out of the deli, i looked up in the air, there was an airplane actually going into the world trade center and flames were coming out and smoke was just billowing in the air. tons of people were running down fulton street. running each other over and i
made my way back to my office on water street and when i got upstairs, i looked out my window to see what was going on and the second world trade center just went into flames, just from one minute to the next. >> sylvia, thanks for that eyewitness report. when we saw that second plane slam into the second tower intentionally, quite clearly, you got to believe this is a terrorist attack. >> harvey is on the line. he's a terrorism expert. harvey, is it too early to speculate about suspects? >> one thinks only this could be the most horrifically planned incident in the analls of terror against the united states. think about it. you look outside the fox studio, look how clear it is. how could you miss the trade towers? not just one, but two planes? >> and it brings to mind, you know, everybody hates those metal detectors at airports and
everybody makes passing through them almost a joke these days. but clearly, it seems that something is going to change if you can make this kind of statement and killas many people as are likely to be dead in this kind of scenario. >> yeah. john, we're talking about terrorism. no matter how this turns out, this is going to be a day that's going to live in infamy and going to cause changes in terms of -- in terms of security like this country has never seen before. >> president bush is about to speak. he's in florida at what was supposed to be a joyous event at an elementary school. let's listen in. >> today we've had a national tragedy. two airplanes have crashed into the world trade center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country. i have spoken to the vice
president, to the governor of new york, to the director of the f.b.i., and have ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families and to conduct a full scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act. terrorism against our nation will not stand. now if you join me this a moment of silence. may god bless the victims, their families, and america. thank you very much. >> we are going to be looking at an enormous death toll. 50,000 people work in those two buildings. john fund from the "wall street journal" is on the phone with
us. john, were you in the area when the planes hit? >> i was across the street in my office building. >> what did you see? what did you hear? >> i heard an incredible sonic boom and looked up and there were already much smoke and names pouring out of the building. about 15 minutes later, the second sonic boom, which would have been the second tower and the second plane. >> what about injuries? >> the most terrible and heart rending thing about this is about 15 minutes ago, bodies started dropping from the top floors of the tower closest to the highway. about at least five or six. it was absolutely terrible. obviously they had two choices, to be burned in flames or to leap and end it all. it was quite tragic. >> let me bring into the conversation david asman. my colleague. what can you tell us? >> i want to give you some late breaking information, perhaps one of the things that is of greatest fear is that there is
yet another terrorist attack since those two plane crashes happened within 20 minutes of each other. all of manhattan has been sealed off. this is probably unprecedented. of course, all of this is unprecedented in this dastardly occasion. but manhattan has been sealed off. the hudson river bridges and the tunnels have been sealed. clearly there is an attempt right now to thwart any further act of terrorism, act of violence against the people of manhattan. so manhattan is in a lockdown. >> we are hearing right now, another explosion that has taken place at the pentagon.
we have the heart of the financial district of america being attacked. now we understand that there is an explosion, there has been an explosion in the pentagon, the heart of the military command center of the united states of america, john. it can't get much worse than this. let's hope. >> you got to believe that it has happened again, another large airliner, perhaps hijacked, perhaps part of some widespread plan, apparently slamming into at least the area around the pentagon. >> they have not struck at america. they have struck at some individual places in america, but this country will go on. >> i want to go to our washington managing editor, brit hume, who has the outlook from the nation's capitol. this raises all kinds of questions about america's response. i guess that response is not going to be immediate, is it?
>> well, whether it is immediate or not, the one thing i think we are seeing is this series of evacuations from various buildings around washington. i think it's important to say that we don't know and have no reason to believe that the white house, for example, was facing any immediate or imminent threat. the same is true on capitol hill where it appears they will be evacuating the building up here soon. nothing happened at either of those places. this is one of these days where we can say that things will not again be the same in the united states of america. this is the kind of terrorist attack that is the nightmare that experts and others have warned about, but some of us may have thought really could not happen on such a scale. this is quite remarkable. >> as we watch these pictures, the world trade center, 110 stories, literally starting to
fall. >> holy crap! they knocked the whole thing down! >> i hope i live. i hope i live. it's coming down on me. here it comes. i'm getting behind a car. >> i don't think i'm one of them. you okay, sir? okay. can i get a toot off your respirator? >> i was inside the building. >> i was inside the building. >> doing what? >> getting ready to go upstairs
and the floor gave way. the whole building collapsed. >> how did you guys get out? >> felt our way through. >> what was it like? >> walk towards light. >> hello? >> yeah, david lee, what can you tell us? >> john, the scene is horrific. one of the two towers literally collapsed. i was making my way to the foot of the world trade center. suddenly i was talking to an officer, questioning me about my press credentials. heard a very loud explosion. we looked up and the building literally began to collapse before us. there was debris falling at least three quarters of the height of the building. people, in the entire perimeter began literally, including myself, that's why i'm out of breath, to run for our lives. >> those steel girders, strong as they are, had a lot of weight to support and apparently i'm --
i'm not a structural engineer, but i'm just guessing that they gave way. the loss of life here is going to be enormous. >> god help those who are there and the victims and their families and all the souls that are lost today. >> can you tell me what you saw, what you heard? >> look at this guy. unbelievable. unbelievable. this poor woman. wow. >> the united 93. united 93, do you still hear cleveland? united 93, united 93, do you hear cleveland. >> this united airlines flight 93 crashed. >> from the size of the impact crater, it would appear as though the angle had to be straight in. >> i think the pilot downed the plane in a remote area 'cause there wasn't very many house where is it went down. i don't know. the whole thing is unbelievable. >> this is clearly a national
catastrophe. there will be some response from the white house. let's go to wendell goler who was traveling with the president in sarasota, florida, and find out what the latest is there. wendell? >> john, the president left sarasota, florida air force one took off a short while ago, convened a meeting of his national security advisor, including the vice president, heads of the c.i.a., national security agency and the f.b.i. and also new york governor pataki after the two attacks on the twin towers in new york. he was briefed by his national security advisor, condoleeza rice, who phoned him after the first attack. mr. bush was reading to some children when the second attack occurred. chief of staff andy card interrupted him, told him about the attack. it was clear at that point we were dealing with terrorists. >> i want to bring in to the conversation general al hague, the former secretary of state. general hague, at a time like this, how does america respond
prudently, with the proper amount of caution, and yet with whatever force needs to be applied? >> first we have to know the full limits of this tragedy and it's unprecedented, of course. but we have to stay above all united and calm and ready to take resolute action which sometimes we have failed to do in the recent past. when the perpetrators are uncovered and we have many, many indicators of precisely who they are -- this was too broadly based a terrorist act to be just a few crazies. this is a terrorist movement and we know where they are located today. and obviously as a nation, we're going to have to take action against them. >> there it goes! there it goes! there it goes! we do need to put it down now!
here we go! >> america, offer a prayer. >> steve: that was 12 years ago. now a moment of silence to mark when american airlines flight 11 struck the north tower and houses of worship throughout new york and washington will toll their bells throughout the city and then family members will then begin reading the names in
vincent paul abatman. mark christopher adele. allay ma abraham. >> william f. abraham. >> richard anthony aceto. >> heinrich bernard ackerman. >> paul acaleva. >> kristen adams. >> donald leroy adams. >> patrick adams. >> shannon lewis adams. >> steven george adams. >> ignatius adonga. >> kristy a.adonga. >> edward adderly, junior. >> sophia b. auto. >> lee adler.
>> emmanuel aqaqa. >> my father, richard anthony a, aceto. daddy, i miss you so much and i think about you every day. even though it's been 12 years, i'll never forget all the i -- amazing times we had together. you were more than just my daddy. you were my best friend. and i love you more than anything. you'll be in my heart always. >> my brother, richard anthony palizolo. richie, your twin, ron, is living for both of you. twins forever. >> macul, kumar, aduala. >> david scott agnes. >> jeremiah joseph ahern.
>> brian g. ahern. >> savir ahmed. >> joanne aladiolis. >> terrence andre aiken. >> andrew alamino. >> trudy m.aljira. >> gary m.alviro. >> margaret m.alaria. >> peter altamay. >> john lesley albert. >> david d.alger. >> jacqueline delane aldrich frederick. >> edward l.agreto. >> ernest aligatos. >> joseph brian allen. >> eric allen. >> richard l. allen.
>> richard dennis allen. >> and my son, our son, port authority police officer christopher charles amaroso. chris, keep a watchful eye and steady hand on your wife, beautiful daughter, sophia. your brothers, sisters, grandmas, nieces, nephew, family and friends, and of course, mom, donna and i, we all love you and miss you very much. may god make your assignments in heaven easier than what you had on earth. >> and my uncle, firefighter james leicester. even though i never met you, i know you're looking down on me. god bless america.
>> christopher e. alingham. >> anna s.w. allison. >> janis marie alonzo. >> anthony alvarado. >> antonio alvarez. >> victoria alvarez grito. >> caesar alviar. >> tariq amanula. >> angelo amaranzo. >> joseph amatuccio. >> paul w. ambrose. >> christopher charles amaroso. >> joseph p.entrindia. >> yvette constance anderson.
>> john jack adriacho. >> andrew mark andrews. >> gene n.adruki. >> my beloved son, joshua todd aaron. i miss you every moment. >> my brother, richard avery, we love you. we miss you still and think of you every day. >> joseph angelina, senior. >> joseph john angelini, junior. >> laura angeleta. >> doreen aggarsati. >> peter paul apollo. >> frank thomas aqualinos.
>> david gregory archie. >> michael george archenski. >> michael j.anshwat. >> michael j. anshwat. >> joshua todd aaron. >> joseph aria. >> it's been 12 years, there is nothing that i wouldn't give to have one last hug, one more kiss from the father, uncle, brother, a friend for many, for my husband, firefighter carl francis ataro. >> this will always be my brother, john james. my family and i will never be able to forget.
>> michael a.aziak. >> michael edward asher. >> janis marie ashley. >> thomas j. ashton. >> manuel o.acatambe. >> greg a. atlas. >> gerald thomas atwood. >> james atofred. >> sandy ayala. >> john j. batagliasa. >> robert j. barewalter. >> andrew j. bailey. >> bret t. bailey. >> garnet a. bailey. >> tatiana balskya.
>> sharon balcom. >> michael andrew bain. >> my beautiful aunt, life has not been the same without you. you will always be in our hearts and we're comforted knowing that from heaven, you are watching over us. i love you and miss you. >> my uncle, peter burton hanson, my aunt, sue hanson, and my cousin, christine lee hanson, you may be lost, but you're never forgotten. we love you and miss you even more as each day fades away. >> gerard baptist. >> walter barren. >> gerard a. barbara. >> paul vincent barbaro. >> james william barbella. >> victor daniel brabosa. >> christine barbuso.
>> pauline bowto. >> matthew barns. >> melissa rose barns. >> sheila patricia barns. >> evan jacobean. >> renee aujune. >> diane g. barry. >> maurice vincent barry. >> scott d. parts. >> coral tan w. bartles. >> guy bartly. >> inab. bacina. >> kenneth william bassnicky. >> steven joseph bates. >> my grandfather that we miss and love, eustisr backus. >> and my sister, allison. dorothy renee morgan, you are forever in our hearts.
>> paul james bataglia. >> yvonne batista. >> marlon batista. >> mark lawrence bavis. >> jasper baxter. >> lorraine g. baines. >> michelle beihl. >> todd m. beamer. >> paul frederick batini. >> jane s.bebe. >> alan anthony bevins. >> longhorns ira betz. >> michael ernest beakman. >> maria a.baher. >> max j. beihldy.
>> nina patrice bell. >> debbie s. bellows. >> paul m.bennedetti. >> my husband, gary eugene bird, a third generation native of arizona who loved the wide open spaces, a humble and caring humanitarian concerned daily with the goodness of his community, a father, always present to our two children. and many others drawn to his gentle yet tough love. a husband who brought out in me the best version of myself